Summer Poster Day Set, Aug. 7
Summer Poster Day 2014 is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Natcher Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Summer Poster Day provides an opportunity for summer interns to share the research they have been conducting at NIH and at the same time develop communication and networking skills. Any summer intern (high school, college, medical/dental or graduate) working in an intramural research group at NIH this year may present. Investigators, staff scientists and scientific administrators can make a particularly important contribution to Summer Poster Day by visiting posters and engaging authors in discussion. For more information, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/summer_poster_day.
NEI Welcomes New Council Members
The National Eye Institute recently appointed two new members to its National Advisory Eye Council.
Dr. Steven McLeod is chair of the department of ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco. He specializes in refractive eye surgery, cataract and corneal disease. His research interests include the development of an intraocular lens to restore both near and far vision to patients undergoing cataract surgery. McLeod is on the editorial board of JAMA Ophthalmology.
Dr. Monica Vetter is chair of the department of neurobiology and anatomy and professor of ophthalmology at the University of Utah. Her research focus includes the role of microglia in neuronal decline and the definition of gene regulatory and signaling pathways in the birth of new neurons in the retina. Vetter is associate editor of Developmental Dynamics.
Katz Receives Lifetime Career Educator Award
NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz (r) was recently awarded the Dermatology Foundation’s Lifetime Career Educator Award “recognizing an academic dermatologist who has a lifelong history of dedicated service as a mentor, role model and inspirational teacher to many generations of residents and fellows.” Dr. Michael D. Tharp (l), the foundation’s president, presented the award at its annual meeting in Denver. Katz’s long-term work in NCI’s Dermatology Branch has focused on keratinocytes and Langerhans cells, elucidating their roles in immune function and inflammation in the skin. Within the last several years, he has worked to determine why skin becomes a target for immune reactions and yet remains resistant to long-term damage. Katz says that teaching has been “tremendously satisfying and gives me great joy,” and he takes pride in “developing a core of scientists who went on to develop their own independent leadership positions in the U.S. and around the world.” A former mentee agrees that Katz should be recognized by the foundation with the Lifetime Career Educator Award, saying, “His curiosity, enthusiasm and lifelong commitment to science and scholarly activities have had a profound and durable impact on his trainees and the specialty in thiscountry and others. His candle has lit many fires.”